Story: Dairying and dairy products

The milkman

The milkman

In the past, the rattle of glass milk bottles signalled the arrival of the local milkman at the front gate, usually in the late afternoon. Empty milk bottles and milk tokens were placed on the mailbox or in a milk box, and these were swapped for full ones. The arrival of refrigeration and, later, the development of supermarkets heralded the decline in milk deliveries. This photograph shows a Wellington milkman on his rounds.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Industry-Milk industry-Milk general-01

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How to cite this page:

Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Pattern of milk production', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008